Renewable energy supply and storage

How can a small community implement a system based on 100 per cent renewable energy? This series of  reports provide practical guidelines for renewable energy projects, and help communities in sparsely…

How can a small community implement a system based on 100 per cent renewable energy? This series of  reports provide practical guidelines for renewable energy projects, and help communities in sparsely populated areas in their green transition.

The Nordic countries have set ambitious targets for implementing renewable energy sources and energy storage, which will move them closer to a sustainable fossil-free energy system. Small communities represent an exciting opportunity for a much faster transition to a system based on 100 per cent renewable energy than would be possible in urban areas.

Renewable energy supply and storage: Guide for planners and developers in sparsely populated areas will help small communities overcome the challenges associated with implementing renewable energy systems. The guide is produced by Nordic Energy Research and consulting group COWI.

The guide provides how to develop affordable, and reliable, renewable energy projects, using off-the-shelf technology.  The guide is designed to be highly adaptable, and it provides formulas for calculating the costs and benefits of particular energy and heating systems based on the needs of the community. Planners can, for example, work out whether a district heating system is best for their town, or whether system based on individual heat pumps would be more efficient.

It also provides answers to questions like: Is it better to store heat for later use in insulated water tanks or use a system where energy is stored in batteries?  The guide considers as many variables as possible, to help planners decide on the best approach for their specific energy project.

The project partners have initiated a pilot program in Leirvík on the Faroe Islands, to see how the guide can be used in practice. As the project unfolds the hope is that Leirvík will make the transition to a renewable energy system.


Contact for the Nordic project:

Torill Meistad, Nordic Energy Research

Ph.+47 91 576 576


Contact for pilot project at the Faroe Islands:

Kári Mannbjørn Mortensen, Umhvørvisstovan

Ph. +298291706



Traðagøta 38 – Postboks 2048 – FO-165 Argir

Ph. +298 342400

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Events calendar

March 22:  Energy week 2017 – Vasa Finland

April: SmartGrid services cluster annual network meeting (TBC)

June 15 – 18: Folkemødet 2017 på Bornholm (TBC)

August 14 – 19: Arendalsuka, Norge (TBC)

August: Presentation at Åland. Arrangør: Ålands Teknologi- och Energicentrum  (TBC)

September 18 – 20: 2017 Arctic Energy Summit – Helsinki, Finland (TBC)

September: Project arrangement at the Faroe Islands (TBC)

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